Bader Ben Hirsi

Al-Bader BenYahya al-Hirsi, commonly known as Bader Ben Hirsi, (Arabic: بدر بن هرسي‎, born 1968) is a British playwright and director of Yemeni ancestry. Hirsi's father, Yahya al-Hirsi al-Ban, was from the city of Lahij. Al-Ban moved from Yemen to Britain in the 1960s, and it was in that country that Bader Ben Hirsi was born and raised, along with six brothers and seven sisters. Hirsi received a degree in business from the University of Buckingham, and worked in London as an investment banker for several years. However, he decided to move into drama, and received a degree in drama production from Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London. Three of his plays, A Boring Affair, Claptrap, and On the Side of the Angels, were performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1995, Hirsi visited Yemen for the first time, and in 1996, he married a native Yemeni woman. Four years later, in 2000, Hirsi released the documentary The English Sheikh and the Yemeni Gentleman, which he directed and produced with the help of British expatriate Tim Mackintosh-Smith.

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